Arrington de Dionyso and DunkelpeK
On this installment of Latitudes, Arrington de Dionyso conjured utopic zones through ritual trance and the high spirits of electrified rock and roll. The iconoclastic duo DunkelpeK transmited an amalgamated soundworld through percussion and electric guitar, chopping their many influences to bits and reassembling them in a quest for new musical possibilities.
This concert took place on January 25, 2019 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
Arrington de Dionyso
An uncompromising voice in contemporary music, Arrington de Dionyso integrates ancient soundmaking techniques with trans-modernist inquiries into the nature of consciousness. His propulsive improvisations utilize voice and reeds (primarily bass clarinets and his invention the Bromiophone) as multiphonic tools in the navigation of liminal spaces between shamanic seance and rock and roll ecstasy.
While deeply rooted in the punk inclination to tear down musical standards in an effort for liberation, Arrington’s music weds no-wave iconoclasm with the spiritual searching of Albert Ayler era free jazz along with more indigenous approaches to improvisation, reaching for an unveiling of primordially potent universalities. His compositions embrace sounds as colors, placing emphasis on the complimentary spectrums- from circular overtones whispered through bamboo flutes to the penetrating deep and guttural howls of amplified throat singing- all with the lungs of an athlete.
Over the last 25 years he has spearheaded groups such as Old Time Relijun, Malaikat dan Singa, and This Saxophone Kills Fascists. He has also performed alongside many great icons of contemporary music including the Violent Femmes, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Thee Oh Sees, Deerhoof, Senyawa, Keiji Haino, and Maher Shalal Hash Baz.
Whether as a band leader, solo performer, or in collaborative settings, Arrington’s music evokes an “Ancient Future,” sometimes shocking and hallucinatory, always aiming to channel Spirit.
DunkelpeK is Japanese born percussionist Nava Dunkelman and Canadian American guitarist and pianist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates an experimental improvised music that reimagines the possibilities of the duo. Visceral, organic, and spontaneous in nature, DunkelpeK’s sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics, offering listeners a holistic exploration into the very essence of musical experience.